Day: January 11, 2018

Alex Sangha: It’s time for Canada to treat Indigenous peoples as equal partners in our federation

Writer Alex Sangha says much still needs to be done to put Indigenous people on the same footing as the two other founding peoples of Canada. The federal Liberal website states: “It is time for Canada to have a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” This newfound love for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada is no accident. The Canadian Encyclopedia states: “With regard to [Indigenous rights], the [Royal Proclamation of 1763] states explicitly that [Indigenous people] reserved all lands not ceded by or purchased from them." Furthermore, “the proclamation is referenced...

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We Interrupt This Stereotype

The new book We Interrupt This Program from UBC Press seeks to reverse stereotypes of Indigenous people found in media. Think about the first time you saw an Indigenous person in media. Was it a nameless baddie in a cowboy movie? Or a news story where a diverse group of nations were boiled down to caricatures who were, as an elder once boiled it down for CBC reporter Duncan McCue, “drumming, dancing, drunk or dead”? Media has not only shaped settlers’ views of this land’s first peoples, but also how Indigenous people view themselves. We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous...

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Executive director of MMIWG inquiry leaves post

Debbie Reid joined the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in October, but soon fell into controversy. (Debbie Reid/LinkedIn) The executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has left her post. The inquiry confirmed Debbie Reid’s departure in a statement on Thursday but said it could not discuss the details. "While we cannot discuss the details of the matter, we thank Reid for her contributions," the statement said. Reid was hired in October but fell into controversy after the leaking of her introductory email to staff, which stated...

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Federal funding will go long way for Sask. Indigenous police force

File Hills Police Service Federal investment in First Nations police forces will go a long for the only Indigenous police force in the province. The Government of Canada announced a $300 million investment on Wednesday to help make Indigenous communities safer. The money will be used to hire 110 new positions over the next five years across the country. “We expect the policing service to be invigorated by the extra resources that we’re putting in,” said Ralph Goodale, federal minister of public safety. The File Hills Police Service is the only self-administered service in Saskatchewan. It polices a number...

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Ontario universities create mentorship program for Indigenous health researchers

A federal initiative to attract more Indigenous health researchers to the field is up and running in Ontario. Western University says the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program of Ontario officially launched on Thursday. Western will serve as the hub for the network, which is made up of 13 of the province’s post-secondary institutions and about 70 researchers, more than half of whom are Indigenous. The program is one of eight such initiatives being launched across Canada after the Canadian Institutes of Health Research committed to spend $8 million on a nation-wide network last year. Researchers with the Ontario program say it’s important to encourage Indigenous scholars to enter the field so that scientific research can be informed by real experience of the issues faced in the community. Chantelle Richmond, associate professor of geography at Western and leader of the Ontario mentorship program, said her own path to academia began after a spill from a tailings pond contaminated the drinking water on Pic River First Nation where she grew up. Her studies now centre on the intersection between Indigenous health and the environment. Richmond said although the amount of research into Indigenous issues has increased in recent years, they have not translated into concrete change for the population. “We see disparities and inequalities continue to exist, so something about the way we do this research is not hitting the target,” she...

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Halpern described in audio conversations that are part of the museum collection how she failed in the early 1940s to convince an Indigenous woman to share her traditional songs with her during a family vacation at D’Arcy, northeast of Whistler. Halpern’s recording said when the woman finally agreed to sing for her, she sang only Christian hymns. "I want your old, old songs," Halpern said. But the woman refused, calling the Indigenous songs sacred. In another interview, Tofino-area singer John Jacobson describes to Halpern how the rhythms and melody of songs from the Ahousaht people of Vancouver Island represent...

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Executive director of MMIWG inquiry has left her position, email says

Debbie Reid, a former adviser to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, was named the new executive director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Oct. 6. (Debbie Reid/LinkedIn) The executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has left her post, according to a member of the National Family Advisory Circle. Advisory circle member Laurie Odjick said she received an email Thursday from the inquiry stating that Debbie Reid had left her position, but no reason was given. "It said she had left the...

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Entrepreneurs, tech to benefit from Enhanced Acceleration programs

Clean technology companies, Indigenous entrepreneurs and communities in rural British Columbia will get help turning business ideas into reality thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, announced $473,000 in funding to support Accelerate Okanagan to scale up their programming while expanding their services to target new communities. “Innovation and technology have the potential to drive our economy and create well-paying jobs for all Canadians,” said Fuhr. “By expanding their services across British Columbia, Accelerate Okanagan is helping more people—especially those who live in rural and Indigenous communities—to turn their...

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Ontario police force moves to address racism

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — A northern Ontario police service that has faced allegations of systemic racism says it is forming a working group to help it reshape its diversity training, recruitment, communications and community policing. The Thunder Bay Police Service says the working group will include members of the service and volunteers from the community. Officials say the initiative’s purpose is righting relations inside and outside the police service, particularly with the Indigenous community. It will also involve restructuring the force’s Aboriginal Liaison Unit, attempting to recruit Indigenous and other under-represented groups to the police service and creating ongoing...

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‘Huge’ move: Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief says of stable funding for Indigenous police

Alvin Fiddler, the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, says the move to provide stable funding to Indigenous police forces in Canada is "huge." (Cathy Alex/CBC ) The Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in Ontario, Alvin Fiddler, is welcoming what he calls a "huge" move by the federal government to provide more stable funding for Indigenous police forces across the country. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Wednesday the federal government will spend $291 million on policing in First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada over the next five years. The move comes after years of...

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Racist, discriminatory incidents on the rise in Halifax-area schools

A high number of incidents of racist and discriminatory behaviour have been reported in the Halifax Regional School Board over the past two years. (Robert Short/CBC) Sherri Borden Colley Sherri Borden Colley has been a reporter for more than 20 years. Many of the stories she writes are about social justice, race and culture, human rights and the courts. The number of reported incidents of racist and discriminatory behaviour at schools in the Halifax Regional School Board increased last year, a new report shows. In 2016-2017, 360 such incidents were reported, up from 327 the year before . But...

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NAN, Grand Council Treaty 3 seek support for petition calling on Sen. Lynn Beyak to resign

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling on all organizations, groups and individuals in northwestern Ontario to sign a petition on a website; beyakresign.ca (Justin Tang/Canadian Press) Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Council Treaty 3 Chief Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh are calling on organizations and residents in northwestern Ontario to sign a petition that demands the resignation of Senator Lynn Beyak. Beyak is well known for defending the residential school system and was kicked out of the Conservative caucus last week after she apparently refused to remove racist comments posted to her Senate website....

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